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               North Dakota State College of Science
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Date:    April 24, 2007                            Contact:     Bob Otterson
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Shorma, Tobin to receive honors during May 11 graduation ceremony
     WAHPETON — The North Dakota State College of Science will award degrees, diplomas
and certificates to qualified graduates at its 2007 Commencement, scheduled May 11 at 7 p.m. in
the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center on the Wahpeton campus.
     An anticipated 762 students are eligible for graduation.
     The college also will make two special presentations that night. Edward F. Shorma, Wahpeton
entrepreneur, will receive the college’s sixth honorary associate degree as part of the ceremony.
Donald J. Tobin, who retired in 1995 after 28 years of service to NDSCS, will be recognized as
vice president emeritus. Tobin served as vice president of student affairs from 1985 until his
     A reception honoring Shorma and Tobin will be held before graduation at 5:30 p.m. in Room
73 of the Activities Center.
     Starting with a shoe repair shop he bought in 1954, Ed Shorma has written several business
success stories. In all, Shorma has developed eight companies that manufacture products made of
fabric, rubber, metal, wood and plastic that are sold in the U.S. and international markets.
     WCCO Belting — originally Wahpeton Canvas Company — is a leading manufacturer of
rubberized belting, primarily for agricultural equipment.
     Two others that since have been sold still operate manufacturing plants in Wahpeton.
PrimeWood, Inc. was the first U.S. manufacturer to produce veneer-wrapped wood products.
PrimeBoard was launched to manufacture WheatBoard, a particle board made of wheat straw. It
was the first plant of its kind in the world.
     Shorma was named North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year and the U.S. Small
Business Person of the Year in 1982. He was named Inc. magazine’s Midwest regional Master

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Entrepreneur of the Year in 1995. He was inducted into the North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of
Fame in 1998. The family celebrated 50 years of family ownership in 2004.
     WCCO Belting was named North Dakota Export Company of the Year for 2003. Shur-Co in
Yankton, S.D., another Shorma family business, was named 2003 Prairie Family Business for
South Dakota.
     Shorma and his wife, Patricia, have eight adult children, many of whom are involved in the
family’s businesses. The Shorma family received the Family Tradition Award from the NDSCS
Alumni Foundation in 2003. Several members of their family, including children and
grandchildren, have attended NDSCS. Patricia Shorma’s father, Gilbert Wettstein, started the
family’s relationship with the college as a student in 1925 and later as an instructor.
     Don Tobin joined the NDSCS faculty in 1967 as an instructor in what then was the Arts and
Science Division and was an assistant basketball coach. He joined the administration a year later
and served as dean of students and director of financial aid for 17 years before his promotion to
vice president. Tobin also served as faculty athletic representative for NDSCS and for the North
Dakota College Athletic Conference.
     Originally from Waubay, S.D., Tobin earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from then-
Northern State College in Aberdeen, S.D. He was a teacher, coach and administrator at high
schools in four South Dakota communities — Vienna, Hazel, Garretson and Carthage. Tobin also
served in the U.S. Army and later in the South Dakota National Guard and Army Reserve for 22
years, retiring as a major.
     Tobin and his wife, JoAnn, live in Wahpeton. They have three adult children.
     The graduation ceremony will include remarks from John Richman, Ph.D., NDSCS president,
and greetings from Mark Schaefers, president of NDSCS Student Senate, and Wahpeton attorney
Richie Smith, a member of the State Board of Higher Education.
     NDSCS is a two-year, comprehensive, residential college in Wahpeton. The State College of
Science offers degrees, certificates and diplomas in over 80 academic options in traditional career
and technical studies and in the liberal arts. Last year, 99 percent of NDSCS graduates entered the
workforce or continued their college education.
     Unlike most two-year colleges, NDSCS offers a university atmosphere for its students,
complete with residence halls, 35 affiliated clubs and organizations, music groups, theater
productions, intercollegiate athletics, intramural athletics and numerous social activities.
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